Michelle Rodriguez was rocking a pink fur-lined biker jacket for the Charles Finch x Chanel BAFTA pre-party on Saturday, after she apologised to fans for defending Liam Neeson.
The American actress took to Instagram earlier in the day to backtrack on her comments that the 66-year-old actor could not be a racist because of her performance in the film Widows.
It came after Liam sparked outrage regarding comments he made while promoting his film Cold Pursuit, with many branding him racist after he revealed a prior experience of wanting to ‘murder a black man.’
Chic: Michelle Rodriguez has been seen for the first time since apologising for defending Liam Neeson, as she attended the Charles Finch x Chanel BAFTA pre-party on Saturday
Truth: Hours earlier the star took to Instagram to apologise to fans for her comments, as she defended Liam Neeson but insisting he ‘could not be a racist’
Michelle was putting on a stylish display as she donned a pink fur-lined leather biker jacket for the bash in London’s Mayfair, teamed with skinny black trousers and gold heels.
The Avatar star had published a statement on social media hours earlier telling fans that she ‘insensitive’ in her words defending Liam.
She wrote: ‘To my friend and colleagues and my fans and community: I want to deep apologise for my recent choice of words, and poor use of example. In a pressure-filled situation, I defended a friend in the wrong way.
‘I now realise how insensitive it was, and I had no intention of invoking such a terrible historical comparison. I have learned from this, and will grow from it. One love, MRod.’
Gorgeous: Michelle was putting on a stylish display as she donned a pink fur-lined leather biker jacket for the bash in London’s Mayfair
Michelle’s apology came after she furiously defended Liam, insisting that he could not be a racist due to his role in last year’s critically acclaimed movie Widows.
In the film, he plays the husband of Viola Davis character Veronica, and the two take part in raunchy sex scenes.
Speaking on the red carpet at the amFar gala on Wednesday, Michelle insisted this meant Liam could not be racist.
‘It’s all f**kin’ bulls*it. Liam Neeson is not a racist,’ the Fast And The Furious star told Vanity Fair. ‘Dude, have you watched Widows? His tongue was so far down Viola Davis’s throat.
‘You can’t call him a racist ever. Racists don’t make out with the race that they hate, especially in the way he does with his tongue—so deep down her throat.
‘I don’t care how good of an actor you are. It’s all bulls**t. Ignore it. He’s not a racist. He’s a loving man. It’s all lies.’
View: Michelle’s apology came after she furiously defended Liam, insisting that he could not be a racist due to his role in last year’s critically acclaimed movie Widows
Outspoken: The star was speaking on the red carpet at the amFar gala in New York on Wednesday night
Defense: Michelle is convinced Neeson has been wrongly criticized for his remarks
While Neeson and Davis do engage in sexual activity in the movie Widows, his character also attempts to kill hers in one of the film’s final scenes.
Neeson, 66, when he talked to British newspaper The Independent about the theme of revenge in his new movie Cold Pursuit.
The Irish actor said he roamed the streets looking for a ‘black b*stard’ to hurt after someone close to him was raped.
Explaining his comments further after the backlash, he said: ‘We were doing a press junket and the topic of our film is revenge.
‘It’s a dark comedy, but its basis is revenge. The lady journalist asked me how I tapped into that.
Shocking remarks: Twitter users have called for a boycott of Neeson’s films as a result of his comments; Neeson is seen here in New York in October
‘I remembered an incident nearly 40 years ago where a dear friend of mine was brutally raped. I was out of the country. When she came back she told me about this and she handled the situation herself with incredible bravery, I have to say that.
‘I had never felt this feeling before, which was a primal urge to lash out.
‘She said he was a black man. After that, there were some nights I went out deliberately into black areas in the city looking to be set upon so that I could unleash physical violence, and I did it for four or five times until I caught myself on.
‘It shocked me, this primal urge I had. It shocked me. It hurt me.’
Neeson has said he sought counselling to resolve his feelings.
Rodriguez is not the only one defending Neeson, with actress Whoopi Goldberg also insisting her friend is not racist.
The 63-year-old said while she has ‘been around a lot of real bigots’, she doesn’t count the Taken star as one.
Speaking on The View she said: ‘People walk around sometimes with rage, that’s what happens. Is he a bigot? No.
‘I’ve known him a pretty long time, I think I would have recognised, I’ve been around a lot of real bigots. I can say this man is not one.
‘Not a bigot’: Whoopi Goldberg defended Neeson, saying she would know if he were racist
‘You can’t be surprised that somebody whose loved one is attacked is angry and wants to go out and attack.
‘What he did go on to say… is that he realized that it was too dark for him, he went and got himself help.’
Twitter users have called for a boycott of Neeson’s films as a result of his comments.
The red carpet at Cold Pursuit’s New York premiere was abruptly cancelled on Monday due to the controversy.